Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Janes Addiction Sasquatch 2009

Janes Addiction Sasquatch 2009

Aw, Janes. I loved every minute of the set. Right up to the end when I realized that Perry Ferrell, Dave Navarro and I are none of us the young chickens we were when I saw them 18 years ago.

But! Three Days, Mountain Song, Ted Just Admit It..., Pigs in Zen, these songs all held up much better than me and Dave and Perry. They sounded fantastic in the midst of a sweaty crowd in front of the beautiful darkened Gorge. Even if more than one person pointed out that Perry Ferrell looks rather like David Copperfield these days, I'm still glad he made the trip out to Sasquatch.

Janes Addiction Sasquatch 2009

Janes Addiction Sasquatch 2009

Janes Addiction Sasquatch 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nine Inch Nails Sasquatch 2009

Photos from the NIN show Sunday night at the Gorge...

Nine Inch Nails Sasquatch 2009

Nine Inch Nails Sasquatch 2009

Nine Inch Nails Sasquatch 2009

Nine Inch Nails Sasquatch 2009

Of Montreal Sasquatch 2009

My curiosity about the Of Montreal live show led me to the Wookie Stage late in the day on Sasquatch day 2. True to form, Of Montreal brought costumes, dancers and a strange beauty to the proceedings. They also sounded beautiful and each song was met with a complete singalong from the crowd.
Of Montreal Sasquatch 2009

Of Montreal Sasquatch 2009

TV on the Radio Sasquatch 2009

Punishing heat framed a great set from TV on the Radio Sunday. They sounded good and even the tiredest and hottest of the crowd got on their feet for Wolf Like Me.

TV on the Radio Sasquatch 2009

TV on the Radio Sasquatch 2009

TV on the Radio Sasquatch 2009

The Walkmen Sasquatch 2009

We caught the last part of their set but the Walkmen sound translated well to the main stage of the Gorge.
The Walkmen Sasquatch 2009

The Walkmen Sasquatch 2009

Airborne Toxic Event Sasquatch 2009

Going into the Airborne Toxic Event show with low expectations (I only knew one song and had my doubts about how much I would get into their live show) turned into a pleasant surprise. The band seemed thrilled to be at Sasquatch and put forth a lovely sound with lots of good songs. I will pay more attention to them in the future.
Airborne Toxic Event Sasquatch 2009

Airborne Toxic Event Sasquatch 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Sasquatch 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs provided the highlight of Sasquatch Saturday. From opener Heads Will Roll all the way through to the closing Y Control, Karen O and company delivered the goods. Highlights included Black Tongue and Kiss Kiss, but in truth every song rocked and left me wanting more more more. The entire festival is talking this morning about the awesomeness of Karen O's stage presence and the greatness of Nick Zinner's guitar. Even predictable songs like Maps got a slightly different treatment (a lovely acoustic guitar from Zinner) and attitude (Karen screaming a dedication to all "the f&*king lovers in the Gorge tonight!")

Please, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, come to the Front Range soon!

Karen O Sasquatch 2009

Nick Zinner Sasquatch 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Sasquatch 2009

Animal Collective Sasquatch 2009

Animal Collective played during the hottest part of the day Saturday at Sasquatch. They led off with Summertime Clothes followed immediately by My Girls, pleasing pretty much all in attendance. They emphasized new material throughout, and their set sounded great reverberating through the vastness of the Gorge.
Animal Collective Sasquatch 2009

King Khan and the Shrines Sasquatch 2009

King Khan and the Shrines brought full energy to the 90 degree Gorge Saturday. A flapper dancer, Khan's headdress, cape and staff, and a partially nude and tucked band member during "Wish I was a Girl" kept an over-heated crowd at full attention.

King Khan and the Shrines Sasquatch 2009

King Khan and the Shrines Sasquatch 2009

Passion Pit Sasquatch 2009

Day 1 of Sasquatch Festival started off with Passion Pit. A huge crowd gathered for the boys, but it dwindled as the live performance paled next to their recorded work. Disappointment for some fans, others stuck it out.

Passion Pit Sasquatch 2009

Passion Pit Sasquatch 2009